The interactive artworks found in the series Shadows are designed to be used posthumously. Inspired by paranormal research, spiritualism, and ghost folklore, these machines continuously search for the dead, attempting to allow the departed continued use of their worldly possessions. Extracted from recent estate sales, the personal objects found in these techno-effigies are in a constant state of potential energy, awaiting their owner’s return. By monitoring sudden fluctuations in temperature, infrared, and electromagnetic readings, the machines try to open a channel or doorway into the netherworld. In doing so, each machine gives the dead an opportunity to continue interacting in this world and the next.
About Fernando Orellana
Mr. Orellana was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and currently lives in Troy, New York. He uses new and traditional media as a way of transmitting concepts that range from generative art to paranormal research to sociopolitical commentary. His artwork has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, as well as internationally at venues in Australia, Germany, Spain, El Salvador, Ireland, and Chile. He is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Arts and the Full Fellowship Award at the Vermont Studio Center. He earned a BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Ohio State University. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Digital Art at Union College in Schenectady, New York.